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Are you looking for a new way to celebrate your anniversary? Instead of having dinner and drinks in the city, why not try something new? Celebrate your years together with a relaxing weekend (or week) in the country. Explore picturesque surroundings with a romantic hike in the hills in or near Salem, South Carolina.
Start your day with a romantic breakfast of fresh fruit pancakes and oven-baked bacon in the main dining room at Sunrise Farm. Then set out for hiking in the Upcountry.
Hitting the Trails
Celebrate your love in the fresh air with a day hike in Salem’s Devil’s Fork State Park. Enjoy the Oconee Bells Nature Trail, with its rare flowers and hardwood forest. Relax on one of the benches along the way and eat lunch. Peaceful and perfect for couples, this trail has several ponds where you can view aquatic life. For more adventurous couples, the Bear Cove Trail leads hikers along the shore of the pristine Lake Jocassee, then into a mixed forest and glimpses of birds, bears, snakes, and deer.
Devil’s Fork has picnic areas, a beach, free Wi-Fi, and rental opportunities for kayaks, canoes, and SUPs if your Significant Other lacks your enthusiasm for hiking. The area boasts beautiful waterfalls, boating, and trout fishing. You’ll need a boat to get to most of the waterfalls that flow into Lake Jocassee, but you can hike a section of the Foothill trail to get to Laurel Fork Falls.
To make the most of your romantic day outdoors, stash some special treats in your backpack. Include chocolates, gourmet cheese, and crackers or one of your partner’s favorite foods.
A Few Romantic Tips
You can bring mementos of your time together, like old photos or letters. Stop to read them or reminisce at certain points on your trek. Take a hike in the late afternoon and watch the sunset together from the trail.
After a day on the trails exploring nature together in the South Carolina Upcountry, kick back at Sunrise Farm. You can choose from a cozy cottage with private patio or a spacious farmhouse bedroom with pastoral views. Surprising your partner with a romantic hike in the Mountain Lakes Region could make for one of the most memorable trips you’ll ever take.
– submitted by Sally Perkins, Special Contributor
I don’t believe that the groundhog read the South Carolina forecast. Six more weeks of winter…I think not! It looks like spring has sprung in the South Carolina Mountain Lakes Region. While the daffodils at Sunrise Farm Bed & Breakfast are in full-bloom , the cherry trees, apple trees, and saucer magnolias (aka “Tulip Trees”) are also blooming. In addition, the birds are singing, and the spring peepers have awakened. So, you won’t go wrong with any outdoor activity this February.
Devils Fork State Park seemed the place to be today. While Buddy and Julie hiked the Bear Cove Trail, they met up with quite a few other folks and their four-legged friends. (The Bear Cove Trail is minimally-moderately (at best) strenuous and takes about an hour to trek. The middle section of the trail hugs the lake shore. Access this trail either from the bottom of the picnic area parking lot or from the campground.) The blue skies and 70+ degree temperatures beckoned the families, boaters, paddlers, rock artists, and ENO enthusiasts! The smell of hot dogs on the grills made us check our calendars. Yep! February 19th. Who would think we would be dodging Frisbees on the banks of Lake Jocassee?
The coming week is sure to bring more blooms. So, don’t miss this prime hiking weather! Sunrise Farm Bed & Breakfast has vacancies this week. http://sunrisefarmbb.com/accommodations/ Let us treat you to Southern Hospitality! The South Carolina Mountain Lakes Region is maybe the best place for a mid-winter get-away. We will be happy to point you in the right direction for hiking trails to fit your experience and fitness level. And, we will help you get set up for a spectacular tour of Lake Jocassee with Brooks and Kay Wade. http://www.jocasseelaketours.com Or, if you would rather just relax on the farm, while feeding the animals, watching the birds, and listening to the Peepers, that’s perfectly fine, too!
Cyber Monday is November 28, 2016; and, you do you know what that means? By popular demand, we are bringing back our BOGO gift certificate offer! So, you will double your money when you purchase a Sunrise Farm Bed & Breakfast gift certificate on Monday November 28th. This deal starts at 12:00 am on the 28th and will run through 11:59 pm on November 28, 2016. Searching for the perfect gift for that special someone? Or, thinking of treating yourself to a post-holiday peaceful get-away? Well, search no further! When you purchase a SFBB gift certificate of any amount on Cyber Monday, we will give you a second gift certificate of equal value for FREE.
Details: These gift certificates will be valid for two years, until November 30, 2018. (Some restrictions apply. These Cyber Monday gift certificates may not be combined with other discounts; and, they are not accepted for reservations on holidays or special event dates, including Clemson University home football game weekends.) So give the gift of PEACE this year. You may order your gift certificates online here on our website http://www.webervations.com/magic-scripts/giftcert.asp?memberid=20330 , over the phone 864-944-0121, or in person at 325 Sunrise Drive, Salem, SC. We look forward to serving you!
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow…” Julie, Jeff, and Madison are feeling especially blessed this year. Here are ten of the reasons why we are giving thanks in 2016:
10 – Firefighters are sacrificing their time with their families and risking their lives today to control the wildfires in our region
9 – Sunrise Farm B&B’s 25th Anniversary and our 10th Anniversary as your innkeepers
8 – Our beloved 4-legged friends on the farm.
7 – An amazing and extended autumn color season
6 – We are surrounded by natural beauty and endless hiking opportunities
5 – Lake Jocassee is only 10 minutes from SFBB
4 – We are healthy
3 – We live in a free country
2- We have THE BEST, most gracious guests
1 – The God of the universe, who meets all of our needs, sent His Son to this earth to save us from our sins and to give us eternal life in heaven, where all of the wonderful things listed above will be but a shadow of the immeasurable blessings yet to come!
We are praying for all having to evacuate their homes in preparation for the impact of Hurricane Matthew. If you are on the road now, or are heading out soon, and are looking for lodging, Sunrise Farm B&B has some vacancies on Wednesday October 5th, Thursday October 6th, and Friday October 7th. Children are welcome. We are located in the South Carolina Upcountry/Mountain Lakes Region, close to SC Scenic Highway 11 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway) and SC Highway 130. Take I-85 Exit #1 in South Carolina. (Salem is about 45 minutes from I-85.) Call us for details. 864.944.0121. http://www.SunriseFarmBB.com
Yes! It is August…the days are getting shorter, the angle of the sun a little lower, AND the local orchards have opened with early variety APPLES! We purchased some beautiful pre-picked Galas and Supreme Golds at Bryson’s Orchard in Long Creek, SC this week (U-pick opportunities to start in a couple weeks .) Even our aged apple tree here at Sunrise Farm has produced a bumper crop; and, we made the first batch of homemade applesauce today! Be sure to plan to attend the 55th Annual South Carolina Apple Festival, September 6-10, 2016.
Hot summer afternoon = perfect time to whip up some refreshing salsa with our homegrown tomatoes, jalapenos, and herbs!
1 yellow (or white) onion, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 fresh jalapeno peppers + 2 serrano peppers, steamed for a minute or so, then chopped
1 bunch parsley (or cilantro), plus a little fresh basil, chopped
juice of 1-2 limes
salt to taste
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp sugar
freshly ground pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
Sunrise Farm B and B is 25 years old this year! To celebrate, we are offering 25% off any 2-night stay in June 2016! The Pierces are also celebrating 10 years of inn-keeping at Sunrise Farm this month! Therefore, all one-night reservations IN JUNE 2016 qualify for 10% off. (Based on availability. Not valid on Father’s Day weekend. Rate will vary, depending upon which room/cottage is booked.) MUST MENTION THIS HOT DEAL WHEN BOOKING.